Let’s hope COP26’s food is good. The planet’s fate depends on it

Previous talks have run into all sorts of problems. Throw Covid-19 into the mix and the stakes this year are even higher

26 October 2021 - 19:21 By Jess Shankleman

If you thought figuring out the acceptable social rules for post-lockdown gatherings was a challenge, imagine trying to pull off a high-stakes climate summit with more than 100 world leaders. And no pressure, but any mistake could lower the chances of a planet-saving deal.

Even in a good year there’s an endless list of things that could go wrong at the annual UN-sponsored talks, known as COP26. Past hosts have come under fire for unhealthy food and insensitive artwork. Anything can set off a grumpy negotiator after an exhausting fortnight of poring over the minutiae of international law...

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